|Location||NW of Reading off SR 183 at Palisades Drive.|
Mountain Bike Trail
|Length||29.70 Miles / 47.80 Km||Loop Trail?||Yes|
|Allowed Uses||Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
|Agency||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
|Entry Fee?||Yes||Parking Fee?||No|
The Blue Marsh Lake multi-use trail is 29.7 miles long encircling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Marsh Lake project. The trail location is Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail is open to all nonmotorized use, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail travels through various habitat types ranging from open fields in grass and other crops, to shrubby/brushy areas to mature forest. The trail surface varies from mowed grass to compacted soil and gravel to abandoned roads. The trail varies from wide open spaces to winding single-track through the forest.
The trail was constructed over a period of years by Corps of Engineers employees, local volunteers such as Scouting groups, local school classes, civic groups and community service workers. The local Army Reserve unit has used the trail for their monthly training exercises and in the process has graded and improved the trail surface. We have also had a “handshake agreement” with the local Izaak Walton league to stabilize part of the lake's shoreline which protected a section of the trail.
The trail connects to the Berks County Union Canal trail via a connector trail from the Stilling Basin area to the Reber's Bridge area. This 1.8 mile trail was developed through a partnership between the Corps of Engineers and the Berks County Parks Department. The Corps leased the land to the County, which used grant money to construct the trail. This (Continued...)
Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31
Time Opens: 12 am - Time Closes: 12 am
From Reading, take SR 183 North to Palisades Drive, park entrance, visitor center and main trailhead are located off Palisades Drive.
Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 260
Elevation High Point: 588
Year Designated: 2011
Date Last Updated: 02/13/2017
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